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Lenora  Spell Kessler
  • In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:
  • St. Philip's Church
    142 Church Street
    Charleston, SC 29401

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“I knew Lenora through St Philip's church. She will be missed. ”
1 of 9 | Posted by: Glenna Greenslit - Charleston, SC

“Yes, Charleston has lost a fine southern lady. Lenora and Ray were among the Rumble's first friends when we landed and Lenora taught us all we needed...Read More »
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3 of 9 | Posted by: Donna Washington - Charleston, SC

“Nick and I met Ray and Lenora at CofC functions. And we played bridge occasionally with him and I with her. She will be missed. Our thoughts are...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: - SC

“Goodbye to a true Southern Lady - my aunt by birth but my friend by choice. I will miss you and our conversations and visits! Am sure there will be...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Jean Waugh - West Columbia, SC

“Mrs. Kessler always had a big smile upon greeting people. Joe and I send heartfelt sympathy to her family. ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: Beverly Stoney - Charleston

“I never knew Miss Lenora in her younger years of multitude endeavors and great accomplishments I knew her in the latter years as a very gracious...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Heather Dawson - Charleston, SC

“Sending love to the family of my beautiful Aunt Lenora. We were so glad to see her a few weeks ago when we visited from Nebraska! She's with Uncle...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Susan (Spell) Wedige - LaVista, NE

“The Women's Council of the Gibbes, along with the staff extends our deepest condolences for your loss. We remember Lenora fondly as a long-time...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Angela Mack - Charleston, SC


Lenora Spell Kessler, 89, passed away on April 29, 2019. She was happily married to Colonel Raymond Amandus Kessler, Jr. for 61 years before he passed away on May 5, 2015. Lenora received a diploma from Columbia Junior College and later attended the College of Charleston. Before getting married she was in the insurance business and was a former President of the Charleston Association of Insurance Women. Lenora loved being with friends and so was involved in numerous clubs including the Women's Council of the Gibbes Art Gallery, The Confederate Home, The Historic Charleston Foundation, The Preservation Society and the Cistern Society of the College of Charleston Foundation. She had been a member of the Garden Club of Charleston, the Ladies Benevolent Society as well as a former member of the UDC and the DAR. She was also a past president of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. Lenora supported Porter-Gaud School and The College of Charleston and was a devoted member of St. Philip's Church for many, many years.

Throughout her life, Lenora sat at a bridge table 2 or 3 times a week until her last year of life. Besides bridge, her hobbies included creating flower arrangements gather from her garden, genealogy, and hosting parties at home and The Yacht Club. Lenora was also known by family, friends and anyone she knew for making the best southern dinner. During the 1970's and 80's she was a major proponent of the St. Philip's Candlelight Supper Tours where she was known for her shrimp creole, a huge hit year after year.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Raymond A. Kessler III and his wife Lois and three grandsons; Dr. Raymond Amandus Kessler IV, Stuart Andrew Kessler and his wife Allie and James Kirk Sheridan Kessler. She was predeceased by a son, Kirk Sheridan Kessler.

Graveside services will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2019 in St. Philip's Churchyard, 142 Church Street at 3:30 p.m. A reception will follow immediately afterwards at the Carolina Yacht Club from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Downtown Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Philip's Church, 142 Church, Charleston, SC 29401.

A special thanks to Sandpiper Nursing and Rehabilitation and Amedysis Hospice for their love and support during this difficult time.